Academic Courses

Committee on Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

The Committee on Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is an independent academic unit based in the University's Biological Sciences Division (BSD). With support from CHeSS and the Institute for Translational Medicine, we advance multidisciplinary training in clinical and translational science at the University of Chicago and develop high-quality coursework for researchers and students committed to significantly impacting medical science and practice.

The CCTS supports the development of curriculum in clinical and translational science at the University. Courses are designed to provide undergraduates, graduate-level trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty with state-of-the-art skills in the field. For more information, please contact Kelsey Bogue, CHeSS Associate Director of Training Programs & Communications, at

Current Areas of Concentration include:

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Translational Informatics
  • Health Services Research
  • Quality and Safety
  • Clinical Research
  • Community-Based Research
  • Global Health
  • Pharmacogenomics

View Past CCTS courses here.

Spring 2018 Courses

CCTS 21005
The Making Of The "Good Physician": Virtue Ethics And The Development Of Moral Character In Medicine
Instructors: John Yoon and Aasim Padela
Time: Thursdays, 12:00-1:20 pm
Location: Billings Hospital, M214
Religious and spiritual traditions provide frameworks for understanding the human being and disease, and for attending to the moral dimensions of healthcare within the clinical encounter. These traditions provide ethical guidance by which to navigate the challenges of contemporary clinical medicine, while also serving as a significant source of personal identity for clinicians and their healthcare behaviors. Drawing from the primary course text, Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine (Editors: Michael Balboni, PhD & John Peteet, MD, Oxford University Press, 2017), this course will provoke learners to consider the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and the doctor (clinician)-patient relationship through the lens of different specialties in medicine, while covering broad concepts and controversies relevant to the intersection of religion and the clinical encounter. Students will also examine traditional religious accounts both of medicine and of moral formation, to consider how they might inform answer to the question, “How does one become a good physician (healer)?” After conceptual foundations regarding the relationships between medicine, clinical ethics, healthcare and religious traditions are discussed in the initial didactic sessions, the heart of the course will offer a deep dive into distinctive religious perspectives with a focus on the Abrahamic religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). Each guest lecturer representing a faith tradition will address the following questions in their presentation: 1) What is health, how does it relate to living a fulfilling/flourishing life, and what is the place/role of contemporary medicine in enhancing human flourishing from the perspective of your tradition? 2) What are some salient clinical ethical challenges faced by adherents of your faith tradition in their interaction with contemporary medicine and the theological/ethico-legal concepts that undergird these challenges? 3) What does it mean to practice medicine in the context of living a good, faithful and rewarding life? 4) In your faith tradition, how does one become a “good physician” in the context of growing moral pluralism and health care complexity?

CCTS 38300
Health Economics and Public Policy

Instructor:  David Meltzer
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:50 pm
Location: Harris School of Public Policy, 289 B
This course analyzes the economics of health and medical care in the United States with particular attention to the role of government. The first part of the course examines the demand for health and medical and the structure and the consequences of public and private insurance. The second part of the course examines the supply of medical care, including professional training, specialization and compensation, hospital competition, and finance and the determinants and consequences of technological change in medicine. The course concludes with an examination of recent proposals and initiatives for health care reform.

CCTS 47007
Methods in Health and Biomedical Informatics III

Instructors: David McClintock and Samuel Volchenboum
Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Varies between Northwestern downtown campus, UIC, and UC
Most Health and Biomedical Informatics (HBMI) Graduate Programs around the country have independently come to the conclusion that the computational methods that informatics graduate students need to be familiar with is too broad and numerous to be addressed by a series of independent courses. Therefore, most programs have created a set of integrated courses that expose the students to a wide variety of informatics methods in short modules. Typically, these required methods series are organized as a series of required courses taken during the first year of graduate study. This course is the result of discussions by Health and Biomedical Informatics researchers and educators from the Chicago Biomedical Informatics Training (CBIT) initiative. This course is designed as the third course of a year-long sequence and is worth 100 units. Registration for the full year is expected.

Prerequisites: CCTS 47005 during Fall 2017 and 47006 in Winter 2018.


The CCTS provides quality clinical and translational science training to postdoctoral BSD fellows; advanced graduate students in the biological and social sciences; and junior faculty. However, many courses may be relevant to undergraduates, medical students, and/or more advanced faculty. We encourage interested students, fellows, or faculty members to consider our offerings. Please contact Kelsey  Bogue, CCTS administrator, at with any questions. 

How to Enroll

Interested trainees may take advantage of CCTS offerings in any of the following ways:

  • Enroll in the individual course(s) most relevant to their planned research or field of study;
  • Complete an Area of Concentration curriculum in conjunction with a master’s degree through the Department of Public Health Sciences;
  • Attend any of our ongoing lectures or seminar series.

There is no formal application process for participation in most CCTS courses, but we encourage trainees to reach out to faculty instructors prior to enrolling in a course. Students who wish to take courses for academic credit must enroll through the University Registrar. Some courses will also have a separate registration form that you can find on this webpage or in the CHeSS newsletter. For more information on how to enroll, please contact CCTS administrator Kelsey Bogue at


The CCTS is supported by the Institute for Translational Medicine, which is funded by an NIH-sponsored Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA). Additional support is provided by CHeSS.